The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) recently announced three new initiatives that will enhance assistance to shippers, further improve compliance with FMC regulations, and help resolve supply chain issues.
All three actions are based on recommendations in FMC’s report, The Effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain.
One initiative will establish a new and permanent International Ocean Shipping Supply Chain Program.
Another will reestablish the Export Rapid Response Team.
Finally, the third action will take the steps necessary for carriers, marine terminal operators, and operating seaports to employ a designated FMC compliance officer.
The report recommending the actions is the result of a two-year investigation involving hundreds of FMC stakeholders.